SAN RAMON, CA, January 14, 2009 — Faronics is making its mark on BETT 2009, the world’s largest educational technology event, by officially announcing the release of version 7.2 of its popular classroom control software, Faronics Insight. This latest version introduces support for Windows 2003 Terminal Server and NComputing desktop virtualization environments, the ability to mute student workstations, and student testing capabilities. In fact, the judging panel for the 2009 BETT Awards has named Faronics Insight as a finalist for the Supporting Institutional Leadership and Management Solutions category! The
BETT Awards are the prestigious annual recognition of excellence in educational information technology.
Version 7.2 includes several features that increase an instructor’s control over classroom computers. Teachers can now mute student workstations to eliminate any audio distractions, perfectly complementing Insight’s existing ability to blank student screens and lockout classroom keyboards and mice. Insight already allowed teachers to rearrange computer thumbnails to match classroom layouts. But now, the addition of Active Directory Support makes it easier for teachers to match computer thumbnails with student identities by labeling workstations based on the user’s Active Directory name, instead of the
Windows or Novell login name.
Teachers also no longer need to deal with the hassle of marking student exams by hand. The newly added student testing feature enables teachers to create online tests with up to a hundred questions with graphics. Simply create the test within the Insight Console, push it out to students, and watch as Insight handles the answer collection and marking automatically. The tests can be administered to one or more students and tracked in real-time; teachers can optionally time the test and export the results to a .csv file.
“Faronics Insight and NComputing solutions both share the same value proposition: do more with what you already have,” says Raj Shah, Chief Marketing Officer for NComputing. “By allowing them to be shared, NComputing reduces the number of PCs that IT has to purchase, deploy, and maintain, while Insight ensures that classroom instruction and communication is handled as efficiently as possible. We are very pleased with the partnership we have with Faronics—it started with Deep Freeze, and it has grown with Insight.”
A free 30-day evaluation version of Insight can be downloaded from www.faronics.com and deployed into Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 2003 Terminal Server, and NComputing environments. The upcoming version 7.21 of Insight which will release shortly will introduce Mac OS X support. Attendees of BETT’s annual education technology show can see all of Faronics’ system control solutions, including Insight, by visiting Booth D120. The show takes place each January at Olympia in London, and attracts more than 600 educational suppliers and almost 29,000 visitors.
Faronics delivers software solutions that help manage, simplify, and secure desktop computers. Our products ensure 100% workstation availability, and have dramatically impacted the day-to-day lives of thousands of information technology professionals. Faronics’ technology innovations benefit educational institutions, healthcare facilities, libraries, government organizations, and corporations in over fifty countries worldwide.
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Dheeraj Mahtani (Marketing Communications Specialist, Faronics)